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Notre Dame de Chicago hosts fundraiser for Cathedral of Notre Dame and Parisian homeless

By Nathan Worcester Notre Dame de Chicago on June 2 hosted a unique trilingual liturgy in English, French, and Spanish to raise funds for the repair of the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris, France, which sustained severe damage during a fire on April 15. The event, which featured a reception in the church’s basement, […]


Morning Star Baptist Church to celebrate 102nd anniversary

By Kayla Kirshenbaum The act of praying means different things to different people. For Edward Talbot, a congregant of the Morning Star Baptist Church of Chicago for the past decade, prayer used to be an activity that was private. “I used to stay at home and practice religion with my mother and father,” he said. […]


Assessor Kaegi goes on listening tour, promotes bill to assure commercial assessments’ accuracy

By Lisa R. Jenkins The Cook County Assessor’s Office (CCAO), in partnership with members of the Cook County Board of Commissioners, recently held a series of countywide listening tours about property tax reform. From April 6 through June 1, Assessor Fritz Kaegi made stops across the county, which allowed taxpayers to hear directly from him […]


South Loop bike lane upgrades begin with parking concerns met

The Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) has announced and begun changes to South Loop bicycle lanes. Workers are constructing concrete curbs between bicycle and vehicle lanes on Harrison Street from Desplaines Street to Wabash Avenue. The curbs will not remove any lanes of traffic on Harrison. The City also will add a bicycle lane on […]


Gazette Chicago names Julie Becker advertising manager and Carmen Valentino business manager

Dear Readers: After more than 20 years of exceptional service and dedication to our Gazette Chicago newspaper, Advertising Manager Carmen P. Valentino is transitioning from her role this summer. Carmen will be devoting more time as a licensed insurance broker with The Healthcare Solutions Team, where she began working more than two years ago. Carmen works with […]


Fate of Roosevelt Square development remains uncertain as CHA, Related Midwest drag their heels

Nearly 17 years after the Chicago Housing Authority through Related Midwest began to redevelop the Near West Side’s ABLA Homes public housing developments into the Roosevelt Square mixed-income development, workers have either demolished or renovated most of the old public housing.


Controversy swirls around GPAC leadership change

By Marie Balice-Ward Earlier this year, Bob O’Neill left the presidency of the Grant Park Advisory Council/Grant Park Conservancy amid Chicago Park District allegations about improper fundraising, sales of event permits, and installation of exercise equipment in the park. O’Neill vehemently denies any and all wrongdoing, adding, “I was not raised that way and did […]


New West Loop office building faces scrutiny

By Nawal Dairi A New-York based developer, Thor Equities, plans to construct an 18-story office building at 800 W. Fulton St. that will stand 300 feet tall. Although the City has approved zoning for the project, community members have raised raise height and traffic concerns. Thor Equities declined to comment on the new development.  Nearby […]


Italian-American community leader Dominic DiFrisco passes away

By Nathan Worcester As mourners filtered into the Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii on the morning of May 1, a familiar voice issued from the building’s speakers: “And now, the end is near, and so I face the final curtain…” Frank Sinatra’s legendary rendition of My Way was a fitting accompaniment for the funeral […]


More blood donations needed from minorities, say blood centers

By Sheila Elliott A statewide coalition of blood banks has banded together to alert all Illinois communities about the increased need for donated blood, particularly in minority communities. The Illinois Coalition of Community Blood Centers (ICCBC) took that message to Springfield recently, letting State lawmakers know that blood centers always need blood donations from all […]


Google finance hub expansion will be coming to West Loop

By Nathan Worcester The City recently announced Google had selected Chicago and the West Loop for its new finance hub. The move comes as part of the tech giant’s multi-billion-dollar national expansion plan. It also hit the West Loop just months after Google announced it would lease 132,000 square feet in a 12-story building under […]


Restoration Associates can help after fire, flooding, or other emergencies

By Eva Hofmann When it comes to fire or water damage, time is of the essence. The experts at Restoration Associates, 2601 S. Archer Ave., have the know-how and equipment to mitigate your disaster faster. A licensed general contractor specializing in the restoration, reconstruction, and rehabilitation of structures, Restoration Associates manages projects from beginning to […]